Enjoy Craft Cocktails and Live Music at 18th & 21st

Although 18th & 21st just made its grand debut in May, its inspiration dates back nearly a century. The contemporary eatery takes the traditional Prohibition-era supper club and brings it into the 21st century. Its cool and classic decor, live music, and craft cocktails converge to create a modern and inviting space. Meet friends for […]

Mark Your Calendar for the Columbia Festival of the Arts

Aretha Franklin, Harry Connick, Jr., and Indigo Girls are just a handful of the household names who've graced the main stage at the Columbia Festival of the Arts during its three-day LakeFest celebration. Columbia began to invite big names like these to its arts festival 31 years ago after a birthday celebration in 1987 inspired […]

The Meadows Original Frozen Custard: Small-Batch Sweets Crafted Fresh Each Morning

A warm apple dumpling, fresh from the oven, smothered with velvety vanilla custard, topped with whipped cream, and crowned with a single cherry. The apple dumpling sundae is one of the most popular creations at The Meadows Original Frozen Custard for obvious reasons. It features the house-made custard that owner Steve and his team craft […]

Gather for Happy Hour at The Walrus Oyster & Ale House

When an eatery is so dedicated to fine wines that it offers a few of them on tap, that's how you know it's something special. The Walrus Oyster & Ale House boasts a lineup of draft wines along with craft beers on tap, locally sourced food made from scratch, and freshly shucked oysters. Its Columbia […]

Snag Discounted Designer Duds at Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack promises the same high-quality apparel, accessories, and housewares as its sister department store, but at deeply discounted prices. So if you're looking to add a few fresh swimsuits or a cute tank top or two to your summertime wardrobe, check out the Nordstrom Rack at Columbia Crossing. This outlet-style store still boasts a […]

The Preakness Celebration Hot Air Balloon Festival Returns This Weekend

This weekend, there's only one place to be at 8 p.m., and that's the Howard County Fairgrounds. Just after the sun sinks beneath the horizon, a fleet of hot air balloons will glow to life and hover in midair, casting soft streams of light across the grass. It's part of the Preakness Celebration Hot Air […]

Sink Your Teeth Into Freshly Baked Bread at Bon Fresco

Bon Fresco's bakers have never fed into the low-carb trend. They know that carefully crafted carbs are an important part of any balanced lifestyle, which is why their bakery-sandwich shop is really all about bread. In fact, they spend a total of 30 hours on each loaf of ciabatta bread. That's how long it takes […]

Head to Hysteria Brewing Company for Happy Hour

Infused with the citrusy flavor of lemon, the Yellow Sudmarine American Pale Wheat Ale is the perfect light and refreshing brew for warmer weather. The brewmasters at Hysteria Brewing Company currently craft batches of the crisp ale, along with a slate of other craft beers, and pour them at special prices during happy hour from […]

Bask in the Spring Sunshine at Patapsco Valley State Park

Patapsco Valley State Park envelopes more than 16,000 acres of the Maryland wilderness. From gushing waterfalls to beautiful historic buildings, its acreage plays host to lots of local sites you'll want to check out when you visit. It also includes 32 miles of the Patapsco River, its namesake, which means anyone who likes watersports can […]

Find Fresh, Authentic Italian Food at Newly Opened Lupa

If you came to Lupa when it was still Petit Louis Bistro, don't expect to recognize the place. The owners brought in a local designer to create an eatery that was a bit more casual, like the artisan Italian food that comes from the kitchen. Hand-hewn wooden community tables and wrought-iron sconces evoke a rustic […]